Monday, April 30, 2007

Is AI Dangerous?

The Institute for Ethics and Emerging
Technologies has published an essay
by Michael Anissimov detailing his reasons for believing that
artificial intelligence is dangerous. In short he believes that an
intelligent agent with different goals than humans, or which has the
capacity to
have different goals, is inherently a threat to the survival of the
human race. His conclusion appears based on the assumption that only
humans can be equipped with "freedom, empathy, self-determination,
consensus-building, conflict resolution, aesthetics, camaraderie, and
Why won't machines have these qualities? "What
programmer has the time to do all that
work when general intelligence without the human-like morality will be
significantly easier to achieve?"


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